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As demand on the WAN infrastructure compounds, maintaining performance and keeping costs under control becomes increasingly challenging. Bandwidth hungry applications and users lap up existing capacity and as WAN connections become saturated, performance suffers. As the WAN optimization market continues to mature, the technology provides multi-site enterprises with an option to improve WAN performance and reduce operating costs.
This research note focuses on the following attributes of WAN optimization:
- The components of WAN optimization appliances.
- How WAN optimization reduces bandwidth usage.
- The level of performance improvement and cost savings that can be expected.
Virtually all enterprises with more than one location stand to benefit from WAN optimization technology.